Regional Office Of Education #17 Earns Cognia System Accreditation
(Bloomington Illinois – 04/06/2021) – Regional Superintendent Mark Jontry announced today that Regional Office Of Education #17 has earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.
Regional Office of Education #17 was one of eleven agencies that participated in the first ROE-ISC Cohort in the State of Illinois. ROE #17 serves DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, and McLean counties, which encompasses 30 public school districts, over 20 private schools, and approximately 36,000 students.
Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the system is accredited, and that Regional Office Of Education #17 is recognized across the nation as a system that meets Cognia Standards of Quality, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.
“Systems accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Regional Office Of Education #17 a nationally recognized mark of quality for our office and each school within our system,” shared Regional Superintendent Jontry. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students and educators we serve.”
To earn accreditation from Cognia, an educational service provider also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review. School systems in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.
Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Regional Office Of Education #17 is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”
Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at cognia.org.
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as trusted partner in advancing learning for all learners.
Find out more at cognia.org or contact Illinois Cognia director, Dr. Lori Franke-Hopkins (email@example.com).